2014 International Meetings and Programs Schedule


Thank you for joining us at the ALA 2014 Annual Conference!

The ALA Annual Conference offers you an unparalleled opportunity to enhance your knowledge, share your ideas, and network with experts from around the globe as you participate in one of the largest and most exciting library events in the world! Around 2,000 scheduled events of which more than 500 are programs, discussions, sessions, and in-depth facilitated and informal conversations, and 775 exhibitors.


Below is a list of meetings and events for the International Relations Committee (IRC), the International Relations Round Table (IRRT), and other ALA Offices hosting programs with an international focus.

Please see Final Program Guide to confirm locations.




Training the Trainer: Keeping up and staying ahead of new trends, standards, services and technologies-IRRT Preconference
8:00 am- 1:00 pm
Description: The IRRT Preconference provides a forum for librarians interested in international librarianship to discuss the current and future state of librarianship. The library profession is constantly adjusting to new technical developments, standards and innovative new services. Yet the current fiscal climate can make it difficult for librarians and libraries to invest in continuing training and professional development. Come and hear how librarians around the world address professional development and continuing education initiatives and strategies conducted by librarians for their coworkers, organizations or the profession at large. 
Speakers: Jacqulyn Williams, Lessons from the Desert: The Information Literacy Network of the Gulf and Qatar; Lesley Farmer, 23 Things: Factors in Online Librarian Professional Development; Shali Zhang, Enhancing library services to international students through a two-way of learning and exchanges; Ayodele Along, ICT Revolution in the Practice of Librarianship-  The Emerging Technology Librarian’s Experience in the University of Ibadan, Nigeria; Emma Cross, RDA training and implementation in Canada: the experience of English and French cataloguing communities. Zoe Jarocki, From here to there: a look into hands-on collaboration; Gail McPartland, Predicting Success – Using Market Analysis for Designing Library Programs and Services
International Relations Committee Meeting I
2:00-4:00 pm 
International Librarians Orientation
2:30 - 4:00pm
Description: This is a “must-attend” session for first-time international attendees and other members from abroad. ALA members will provide an overview of ALA, the conference, exhibits and the city of Las Vegas, including recommended programs and social activities. This program provides an opportunity to meet other colleagues who will help international librarians get the most from their conference experience. 


IRC/IRRT All Subcommittee Meeting
8:30-10:00am Session I
All Subcommittee Meeting of IRC and IRRT Session II
10:30  - 11: 30am
IFLA Update
10:30 am – 11:30 am
Description: IFLA organizers and staff will give a brief update about IFLA's initiatives and conference.
E-Books and E-Readers: Leveling the Playing Field or Widening the Digital Gap?-IRRT Paper Session
1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Description: With their ease of distribution and availability in large numbers, E-books and e-readers hold great promise for delivering currency and intellectual content to the information poor.  At the same time, digital information is often only available to those who can afford internet access and the technological infrastructure needed to provide that access.  This program will feature projects and research illustrating how e-books and e-readers have impacted libraries and readers globally in many different ways.  
Speakers: TBA
Library Services in Multi-Branch Networks in China
4:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Description:  China is multiethnic country with big population and vast territory, which is the challenge to the public and other libraries in China. In the past years, the libraries in China have been working to establish effective and modern library service network, and provide equal service for all users. 
Speakers: Li Yaohua, Hubei Provincial Department of Culture; Zhou Jianwen, Jiangxi Library.


Executive Committee Meeting-IRRT
8:30 am - 11:30 am
International Poster Session
10:30 am - 12:00pm
Exhibit Floor
Growing Libraries, Growing Librarians: Partnerships with libraries and library schools in Africa
1:00 pm - 2:30pm
Description: This panel will highlight how American and African organizations are partnering to improve library services in Africa.  Topics include book donation drives, building village libraries, Internet access and skill-building, crowd funding, and training the next generation of African librarians.   Librarians with an interest in Africa as well as those seeking ideas to link with sister institutions in Africa will want to attend.  
Speakers: TBA
The role and limitations of social media as an information source in the Middle East
1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Description: Social media play an important role in shaping the political landscape in the Middle-East.  They serve as a tool of communication and possible as an alternative to traditional media, such as television, newspapers, radio etc.  The Near East and South Asia Subcommittee of ALA's International Relations Committee is sponsoring a program on analyzing the impact and influence of the social media tools on the political and cultural changes taking place in the region.
The school library: connecting students with students, across international boundaries, using modern technology-IRRT Chair's Program
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Description: Speakers will address what school libraries are doing or can do to reach students from other countries with the use of modern technology.
Korean Libraries Today and Tomorrow
3:00 pm – 4::00 pm
Description: Korea is the best wired country in the world. Learn from leaders of the Korean Library Association how libraries are integrated into society, what’s new and exciting, and what is on the drawing board.


The Many Facets of Voluntarism-ISLD
Description: Join the International Sustainable Library Development Interest Group for an interactive program on how volunteers participate in library development projects worldwide through travel to project sites, through participation in library to library collaboration such as sister libraries, through interactive programming such as Skype, and through fundraising and book drives to support library projects.  Breakout sessions will give opportunities for audience engagement and networking opportunities.
Singapore Libraries-Trend Setters in Community Engagement and Collaboration
Description: Come hear how the innovative, award-winning National Library Board of Singapore (NLB) has embarked on successful efforts such as Read@Schools and SURE (Source, Understand, Research and Evaluate) to encourage reading and through public libraries across the country to raise the level of information literacy nationwide. In addition to learning how NLB works collaboratively with government and community groups to achieve societal goals within Singapore, NLB will discuss its leading efforts in the Asia Pacifica project, modelled after the Europeana, to share digital materials from libraries, archives and other content institutions in the Asia Pacific. 
Speaker: Elaine Ng, Chief Executive Officer, National Library Board Singapore
Leaning International…Recipes from the field
1:00 – 2:30 
Description: Are you an MLS student or a recent graduate interested in working internationally? Are you seriously considering it? Do you want to get  a recipe on how to prepare for this challenging and exciting opportunity?  From service-learning project in Sao Tome to exciting library jobs in China and Kazakhstan…Come and hear first-hand from people who will share their real-life experiences and help you to go in the right direction.
Speakers: Martin Wolske, Senior Research Scientist at the Center for Digital Inclusion (CDI) and Adjunct Lecturer, GSLIS UIUC; Sara Margaret Rizzo, Humanities & Eurasian Studies Subject Librarian; Nazarbayev University Library, Astana, Kazakhstan; Samuel Charles Boss, Librarian, Guangzhou Public  Library, Guangzhou, Guangdong, China
International Relations Committee II
1:00 – 2:30pm

International Librarians Reception
6:00 - 8:00 pm
Location: TBA

Description: Please join the International Relations Round Table (IRRT) in welcoming and celebrating with librarians from more than 80 countries at the ALA Annual Conference. Open to all conference attendees, this reception offers a unique opportunity to network with hundreds of information professionals from around the world. Join us for a mixing of culture and ideas, regional cuisine, hors d’oeuvres and open bar. ALA President, Barbara Stripling, will announce the recipients of the ALA Presidential Citation for Innovative International Projects.  Winners of the Bogle Pratt Award and the Humphry/OCLC/Forest Press Award for International Librarianship will be announced. Advance registration is required. International librarians registered for the full conference will receive one complimentary ticket. A ticket must be purchased for additional guests. Tickets will be sold in the convention center. *No tickets will be sold at the reception site.




Listed below are programs, discussion groups, and events with an international focus. Some events require advance registration and payment. Please see conference site for more details.


Friday, June 27

International Perspectives on Academic and Research Libraries Discussion Group


Saturday, June 28

International Interlibrary Loan Committee Meeting
8:30 am - 10:00 am


International Developments in Library Linked Data: Think Globally, Act Globally
8:30 am -11:30am


Modern Language Association International Bibliography Discussion Group
10:30 am -11:30 am


Forum Migration 1914–2014: Asia and the World
1:00 pm - 2:30 pm


Real Leaders in a Virtual World: Tools and Strategies for Success
1:00 pm - 2:30 pm


Academic Library Services to International Students Interest Group
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm


Sunday, June 29

International Documents Task Force Meeting (GODORT)
1:00 pm -2:30 pm




+++Exhibit Hours+++
Friday, June 27: 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Saturday, June 28:  9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sunday, June 29: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Monday, June 30: 9:00 am - 2:00 pm

(Note: All panels, programs, and events are conducted in English only.)


Las Vegas Convention Center
3150 Paradise Rd
Las Vegas, NV 89109